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Lance Bushie, CD


Lance Bushie is an emergency management professional with over 30 years’ experience in senior management, leadership and training roles. Lance started his career in 1989 when he joined the Peace River Fire Department. He progressively rose through the ranks of the department and was promoted to Director of Protective Services/Regional Fire Chief for the Town of Peace River and the County of Northern Lights and later Fire Chief for the Town of High River.

Lance has 12 years of experience instructing live fire dynamics and is a Train-the-trainer with the suite of Draeger Live Fire trainers. He was heavily involved in the organization and teaching live fire dynamics at the Northern HEAT conference in Peace River.  

Lance is a Senior Associate with Sandhurst Consulting, teaching ICS 300 courses and evaluating emergency management exercises across Canada.

Lance is currently a Masters of Arts student at Royal Roads University; he will complete his Post Graduate Diploma in Emergency Management in January 2020, and finish an interdisciplinary masters focusing on Global Leadership, Jan 2021.

Lance's certifications include:

NFPA – 1001 Fire Fighter Level I/II IFSAC/Pro Board

NFPA - 1021 Fire Officer Level II IFSAC/Pro Board

NFPA – 1041 Fire Instructor Level II Instructor IFSAC/Pro Board

NFPA - 472 Dangerous Goods Tank Car Specialist SERTC Pueblo, Colorado

NFPA – 472 Incident Command Pro Board

NFPA – 472 Dangerous Goods Technician IFSAC/Pro Board

NFPA – 1006 Rope Rescue Technician IFSAC/Pro Board

NFPA – 1051 Wildland Firefighter Level 1 IFSAC/Pro Board

Incident Command System Training ICS:

Level 100, 200, 300 and 400ICS Canada – 200 and 300 InstructorICS Canada - Strike Team Leader/Task Force Leader CertificationCommand and General Staff – Colorado Type 3 IMT Team 1

Live Fire Training:

NFPA-1403 Credential Instructor, Live Fire Training, Fixed Facility, ISFSIFire Behavior – Swedish Rescue Training Centre – Skovde, SwedenDraeger Phase One – Flashover Survival – Train the Trainer (Draeger/Swede Survival)Draeger Phase Two – Interior Attack – Train the Trainer (Draeger/Swede Survival)Draeger Phase Five – Interior Attack Multi Level – Train the Trainer (Draeger/Swede Survival)Principals of Modern Fire Behavior, Instructor – International Society of Fire Service Instructors

Hazardous Materials:

Crude by Rail Firefighting – SERTC, Pueblo Colorado

NFPA – 472 Rail Tank Car Specialist – Justice Institute of British Columbia

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Tim Stezik, CRM CMM I


Tim started his fire service career with Toronto Fire Services 17 years ago and has spent the majority of his career working in some of the busiest technical rescue stations in the city. Currently, he is a qualified acting Captain and Swift Water Rescue Training Instructor with Toronto Fire Services.  Outside of Toronto Fire Services, Tim has spent 25 years volunteering within his community: joining the ski patrol, COMRA Marine Rescue Association in Oshawa, and with the Canadian Coast Guard Auxiliary Central & Arctic Region (CCGA C & A). With the CCGA C & A he has held various positions such as SAR Instructor, Manager of Training and Operations Manager.  Additionally, he provides risk management solutions for a large insurance brokerage that insures high-risk recreational activities and is the Operations Director with an event medical company provides services at mass gatherings, marathons and music festivals.

Tim’s certifications include:

CRM – Canadian Risk Manager

CMM I – Certified Municipal Manager level 1

Enrolled in Humber/Guelph Fire Services Executive Management/BAA Justice and Public Safety

NFPA – 1001 Level I/II

NFPA – 1021 Company Officer Level I/II

NFPA – 1041 Fire Instructor Level II

NFPA – 1006 – Certified Level 2 – Swift water, Rope Rescue

Draeger Swede Survival Phase 1 Instructor

ICS - Level 100, 200

Instructor – Red Cross, Heart & Stroke Foundation

SVOP/MED A3 Certified

RHIOT Certification




Byron is a Professional Engineer licensed in both Alberta and Ontario, with over 15 years of experience in mechanical engineering. For the last 10 years of his career, Byron has worked with the fire service with a focus on designing, building, and implementing live fire training equipment for Fire Departments and Fire Schools across North America.  Byron held roles as Senior Project Engineer, and Sales Engineer with Draeger Safety Canada Ltd.  His projects included: live fire training simulators and container structures, mobile live fire training units, exterior trainers, confined space entry/rescue, SCBA confidence mazes, and portable fire trainers.  In the latter stages of these roles, Byron consulted with many Fire and City professionals who were working to develop their own training centres, in order to help them determine the site requirements and define the equipment and infrastructure to suit their needs.  Byron also served on the NFPA 1402 Technical Committee, and helped write the upcoming Standard for Fire Service Training Centres.  He is well versed on the technical requirements on many fire training props and structures, and can speak to the advantages and disadvantages of the equipment offered by a number of manufacturers.

In addition to Byron’s engineering career, he was also a paid on call firefighter for Greater Napanee Emergency Services.  He received training during the county-wide recruit program that aligned with NFPA 1001, FF1 and FF2, as Ontario made the transition to adopt NFPA standards. In 2014, he was selected as one of a small group of people from the department to be trained to NFPA 1041, Level 1. In addition to attending fire calls and training nights, Byron also trained and competed with Napanee’s FireFit team.

Over his years working with live fire equipment, and working as a firefighter, Byron has delivered and supported numerous training sessions and events, from ongoing education during training nights, to delivering operation and maintenance training for complex props, to contributing to large scale, live fire training events at fire conferences. 

Byrons certifications include:

NFPA – 1001 Level I/II IFSAC/Pro Board

NFPA-1041 Level 1

Live Fire Training:

  • Fire Behavior – Swedish Rescue Training Centre – Skovde, Sweden – 2012

  • Draeger Phase One – Flashover Survival – Train the Trainer (Draeger/Swede Survival)

  • Draeger Phase Five – Interior Attack Multi Level – Train the Trainer (Draeger/Swede Survival)

  • Principles of Modern Fire Behaviour – Train the Trainer – ISFSI – FDIC 2015, Peace Region Fire Chiefs Conference

  • The Art of Reading Smoke – David Dodson – FDIC 2015

  • Drills You're Not Going To Find in the Books – Raul A. Angulo – FDIC 2015

  • Modern Training Techniques for Tactical Success – Scott Kraut – FDIC 2015

  • The Transitional Fire Attack – CAFC 2016

  • Firefighter Training Playbook: A New Realistic Training Standard – CAFC 2016